The United Nations has deployed 105 Indian policewomen to Liberia, to help peace efforts in the troubled West African country.

The women are expected to stay for six months, and will likely train Liberia's national police, help conduct local elections, or assist with prison security.

Seema Dhundia, a unit commander, said that women police appear to be much less threatening, although they can be just as tough as men — "But in a conflict situation, they are more approachable and it makes women and children feel safer."
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Liberia — a country founded by freed American slaves in 1847 — has been in turmoil since the end of a nearly 14-year civil war, that killed as many as 200,000 people.

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